Books are a fun learning and bonding time.


Kinzie Jones – Find Me Book

Reading is KEY.  I can’t say it enough.  Reading stimulates children’s vocabulary and spoken language skills.  The more children read, the better they become at reading.  Even when they don’t understand every new word, they absorb something from what you are reading that will make more sense to them the next time the word comes up.    When you read aloud to a child, the child also hears the correct pronunciation to words even if they can’t read them.  PLUS, it is a wonderful snuggle time with your child.  Reading is KEY


Online Literacy Products and Books for Kids

Shara Lawrence-Weiss – Mommy Perks

With so many reading, literacy and book websites Online, where do you turn to find something unique? Where do you look in order to locate quality reading materials or hard-to-find themes and selections?

The Mommy Perks community offers numerous choices for book browsing.

Here are a few of the small businesses offering books and literacy products on Mommy Perks:

Barefoot Books (Amy) (

With a focus on multicultural books and concepts, Barefoot has set itself apart. Browse through to find holiday topics, family books, cultural stories, early readers and more. You won’t find TV characters featured in these stories: Barefoot Books focuses on real-life people and story-lines.

Slimy Bookworm (

Tired of looking through websites that offer ‘adult-like’ books on so-called ‘kid sites?’ Slimy Bookworm is here to help with your family friendly book buying needs. From birth-12, there’s something for every reader! A portion of all sales is donated to inner city literacy efforts.

Finding Our ‘Ohana (

This pro-adoption story highlights children in Hawaii who are searching for their ‘Ohaha (family). Follow their journey and delight in a little Hawaiian culture at the same time.

Kids Travel Happy (

Did you think that Kids Travel Happy was just for toys and games? Think again. You’ll find books here, also:  hands-on, travel books, Mad Libs, dot-to-dot and more. Stock a few books in your car for long drives!

Find Me Book (

What if we took the “Where’s Waldo” book concept but turned that into a personalized search-and-find coffee table book? Welcome to Find Me Book! Upload 6 photos (family or pets) and choose 11 scenes. The faces will scatter throughout the pages and your kids will enjoy finding their own faces…over and over again.

Personal Child Stories (

Hand crafted books, written upon order based on the child’s life situation and needs. Personal photos are used as the graphics, rather than clip art. Books are laminated and can be colored on and wiped clean. Text can be written in any language.



Creating and developing  Find Me Book was easy- peasy compared to marketing my book.  When I first started, the term “Social Media” would give me hives and my stomach would hurt.  Such unfamiliar territory – blog, twitter, fb fan page, stumble upon, linkedin (yep, I am starting to feel itchy).   Even with these fears, I dove in and started.  Shortly after tweeting, I met a tweep named Shara who owned a social media business called Mommy Perks.  Shara supported, helped, and answered all my questions.  AND she has also introduced me to other creative, inspiring and SUPPORTIVE women.   I’ve been so lucky to have been included in this AWESOME BUNCH of moms.   Check us out! 

Mommy Perks

After two solid years of website rebuilding, SEO focus, content additions and parenting/business tips, Mommy Perks has finally landed in the ocean.

With a loyal set of members, readers, fans, twitter followers and clients, the Mommy Perks team has become a tight knit community: parents, grandparents, business owners and more. We love welcoming new folks to the fold and look forward to continued relationships, long term friendships and small business teamwork.

Here are a few of the businesses you’ll find on the Mommy Perks site , each working together to support the rest:

Little Journey’s World :  

This website focuses on offering multicultural products for babies, children and parents. Many products are hand made by Caroline and are highly affordable. From gift bags and aprons to credit card holders and onesies – there’s something special here, no doubt. Check out the Western Line, also!

Crafty Baby

Hand made clutch balls, nap packs, bibs, blankets, art smocks and more. Jill has been sewing since the age of 4, when her grandmother began teaching her the trade. Wholesale and bulk discounts are available for business owners, shops and licensed child care facilities.

Slimy Bookworm :

This mother-son run website lists books for children ages birth-12. Everything has been deemed family friendly by Bola and her partner in business. Board books, picture books and chapter books – you’ll find them here. A portion of all proceeds are donated to inner-city literacy efforts.


Are you looking for top notch clothing, cloth diapering products, toys and shoes? Iris has done the research for you and has listed the best-of-the-best. This online boutique stocks high quality, useful products with an eco-friendly focus.

Freckles Crafts

Do your kids or students love crafts? Do you find it time consuming to create, cut and organize the projects? Rebecca has taken care of the muss and fuss! Each kit comes ready-to-make so there’s no waste left behind. 

Find Me Book

Move over “Where’s Waldo?” A new search-and-find book has emerged! Choose 6 images and 11 scenes: soft cover or hard cover. Kinzie created this personalized concept after seeing her children hiding behind shelves in the family garage. “Ah hah!” The light bulb went on and Find Me Book was born.  {A Find Me Book was recently shipped to Christina Applegate, for her new daughter Sadie}

Peacock Pottery

Are you seeking a lovely, hand painted, unique gift or housewarming present? Leah is one of a handful of people, in the USA, selling this line of pottery – direct from Poland. Collector pieces, dinnerware and jewelry; you’ll find it here!

The Boys Store

Boy, oh boy. With so many girly websites and businesses on the market, where do you go to find something just for the BOYS? Suzanne can tell you: The Boy’s Store! Books, accessories, shoes and clothing – name brand products at affordable prices. 

Barefoot Books :

Are you seeking books that teach your children about science, culture, the arts and more? Barefoot Books offers a collection of stories that are TV-character-free. Holiday and theme-related books are also available. Email Amy for a discount code!

Stella & Dot : 

From stylish and classy to bold and stand-out, this jewelry line is loved by teens, mothers, grandmothers and many celebrities. Tracy began selling this line after a job loss, in order to create income for her family. She is now a top selling Rep, speaker and trunkshow host.

Women to Watch in 2011

WOOOOO to the HOOOOO!!!   Find Me Book was just listed in Mommy Perks –  Women to Watch in 2011!!  Very excited – if you can’t tell!!  I posted the Mommy Perks criteria and then click on link on bottom to see our writeup and read about 11 other AWESOME mom businesses.